John Turturro is a “Fading Gigolo” in an Unlikely Comedy
By Skip Sheffield
“Fading Gigolo” is one curious little movie.
How curious? Woody Allen stars in it as an actor- not writer or director. He plays a pimp.
The writer, director and star of “Fading Gigolo” is John Turturro, who in this unlikely story goes by the unusual name Fiorvane, a flower shop worker. He is urged to rent out his body by his friend Murray (Woody Allen), a cash-strapped bookstore owner. Murray learned from his dermatologist, Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) that she would like to try a threesome with her gorgeous friend Selima (Sofia Vergara).
That’s right, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara are willing to pay money ($1000!) for a guy to have sex with both of them. That’s a likely story huh?
Before you get the wrong idea, be advised this is not softcore porn, though with those beautiful actresses the imagination runs wild.
No “Fading Gigolo” is really a romance, and a rather sweet one at that.
After meeting with Dr. Parker and Selima (we won’t divulge the outcome) Murray comes up with another woman looking for love.
Her name is Avigal (Vanessa Paradis), the lonely widow of a much-revered Chasidic Rabbi with whom she had six children. So Avigal visits Fiorvane and they hit it off.
Unbeknownst to Avigal and Fiorvane, Avigal is being stalked by another Chasidic Jew, Dovi (Liev Schreiber). Dovi is no Rabbi. Actually he is a neighborhood watch cop in their Orthodox Brooklyn area, so he has a perfect cover for his snooping.
Schreiber plays his unrequited, protective admirer deadly serious, which makes it all the funnier.
It helps to know something about New York and Brooklyn in particular to get on the wavelength of this oddball romantic comedy. It certainly is something you don’t see everyday, and any movie that pairs Sharon Stone with Sofia Vergara can’t be all bad.